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The Dreamers (2003)

NC-17  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  20 February 2004 (USA)
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A young American studying in Paris in 1968 strikes up a friendship with a French brother and sister. Set against the background of the '68 Paris student riots.


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Florian Cadiou ...
Pierre Hancisse ...
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The Usherette
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Theo's Girlfriend


Paris, spring 1968. While most students take the lead in the May 'revolution', a French poet's twin son Theo and daughter Isabelle enjoy the good life in his grand Paris home. As film buffs they meet and 'adopt' modest, conservatively educated Californian student Matthew. With their parents away for a month, they drag him into an orgy of indulgence of all senses, losing all of his and the last of their innocence. A sexual threesome shakes their rapport, yet only the outside reality will break it up. Written by KGF Vissers

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Rated NC-17 for explicit sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 February 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Innocents  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£117,181 (UK) (6 February 2004)


$83,175 (Brazil) (10 December 2004)

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Gilbert Adair:  man walking near Jacques Louis David's "Oath of the Horatii" in the Louvre scene is the author of this story. See more »


At the end of the movie, inside the tent, Matthew was lying almost naked covered only by the flower robe between his legs. When he woke up, the robe somehow was already on his left arm. See more »


[first lines]
Matthew: The first time I saw a movie at the cinématèque française I thought, "Only the French... only the French would house a cinema inside a palace."
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References La chinoise (1967) See more »


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Music by Michel Polnareff
Lyrics by Michel Polnareff & Franck Gérald (as Frank Gerald)
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Performed by Michel Polnareff
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One of the Best Movies of the Year
19 July 2005 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In 1968, while living in Paris for learning French, the nineteen years old American Matthew (Michael Pitt) meets the also film lovers, amoral and incestuous twins Isabelle (Eva Green) and Theo (Louis Garrel) in the "Cinémathèque Française" in the Palais de Chaillot and they become best friends. They stay together in the twin's apartment, while many social protests are arising on the streets of Paris.

"The Dreamers" has been released on DVD in Brazil a couple of months ago, and it certainly is one of the best movies of the year. The story conflicts the dreams of three youngsters, who breathe and see the world through the cinema, and the reality of life, on the social movements on streets of Paris. The stone through the window of their apartment is a metaphor of the awakening of Isabelle and Theo. The direction is superb, the cinematography and camera are amazing, the erotic story having the background of true events is delightful and the performance of the cast is perfect. The beauty of the unknown Eva Green is very impressive, and I really recommend this outstanding movie. My vote is ten.

Title (Brazil): "Os Sonhadores" ("The Dreamers")

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